DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: I’ve done my share of diets, and know some work better than others.
Right now our oldest daughter is on a diet plan that seems a little extreme. Okay, more than a little extreme. She is probably taking in less than 1000 calories a day and then going to the gym at least four times a week for what even she describes as a grueling workout.
Her father, her husband, and I have all spoken to her about our fears that this is too extreme, especially since she is far from overweight. I want her to consult with a doctor and/or a nutritionist to make sure she is not killing herself, literally. Am I the wrong one here? --- MOTHER OF AN EXTREME DIETER
DEAR MOTHER OF AN EXTREME DIETER: Every few months, the world’s newest, greatest diet grabs headlines and followers. The vast majority of these programs can’t prove their worth and soon fade away. There are, however, a handful of tried and true programs, some which go back decades and have a proven track record.
Perhaps you, your son-in-law, and your daughter’s father should do some research, and then together, approach your daughter with both your concerns and some alternate programs for her to consider.
I also think your idea of having her get some professional and objective advice is a good one.